Sugar hits the sweet spot

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the event in May – fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers have now asked her to present all three.

Be­fore mak­ing her Lon­don de­but, the Daglish-raised Lady Vel­vet Cabaret per­former has or­gan­ised a send-off in the best style she knows, with the Sugar du Joure Sweet Treats Fundraiser at the Rose­mount Ho­tel in North Perth on Sun­day, April 19.

“I’ve been able to pick my favourite Perth acts, so we’ve gath­ered dif­fer­ent per­form­ers from dif­fer­ent troupes and brought them all to­gether for one show,” Young said.

“We have some girls who are do­ing trib­utes to movies, which is what I love, group acts, stu­dents from classes I’ve taught here, standup com­edy, an MC and of course cup­cakes.”

The 24-year-old at­tended her first bur­lesque class in 2009 and fell in love with the form of artis­tic ex­pres­sion that pro­moted cre­ativ­ity and in­creased con­fi­dence.

She de­cided to be­come a solo per­former, soon find­ing her bur­lesque artis­tic space in com­bin­ing com­edy with sex­i­ness, and joined Subiaco-based troupe Lady Vel­vet Cabaret.

The cloth­ing store manager, bur- lesque teacher and oc­ca­sional live art class model said her style was all about find­ing her niche.

“Back in the day I was just do­ing what peo­ple told me, as in, this is what sexy is, this is how you walk and you dance to Fever by Michael Bu­ble,” the Pres­by­te­rian Ladies Col­lege grad­u­ate she said.

Th­ese days, Young’s acts range from a spaghetti west­ern-in­spired Hol­ly­wood trib­ute to dress­ing as a gi­ant tube of tooth­paste be­fore re­veal­ing a minty, swirly cos­tume un­der­neath.

“I have no idea how I came up with it but I love watch­ing bur­lesque per­form­ers and them,” she said.

“This will be my first over­seas fes­ti­val. We’ve had Lon­don per­form­ers come here who I have met and per­formed with, but I’ve never gone there and seen the scene for my­self.

“I’m very ex­cited – and dev­as­tated at the lug­gage al­lowance.”

Doors for Sugar du Joure’s Sweet Treats Fundraiser open at noon on Sun­day, with the show start­ing at 1pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able for $15 from or $25 with a high tea pre- or­der, with limited sales on the door.

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Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson d435978

In the cen­tre is Laura Young (Church­lands) as Sugar du Joure with, from left, Sarah Ruther­ford (Wun­gong) as Bambi, Keren Schlink (Wem­b­ley Downs) as Lola Moore, Sylvia Sippl (Scarborough) as Lucinda Panties, Clara Loveny (Perth) as Lady

Pussy­foot and Emily Cairns (Swan­bourne) as Candy Cheeks.

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